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Constitution

Constitution

Approved by Members at a Special General Meeting held on 6 October 2023
Australian College of Midwives 
A Public Company Limited by Guarantee
ACN: 602 176 901   

You can download the Constitution pdf HERE.

Part I – Preliminary

1. Defined terms
In this Constitution unless the contrary intention appears:
ACM means the not for profit company limited by guarantee operating under the name of the
Australian College of Midwives with an ACN of 602 176 901.
ACNC Act means the
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012
(Cth) .
Adoption Date means the date on which a Special Resolution for the approval and adoption of
this constitution is passed in a general meeting of the ACM.
Appointed Director has the meaning given to that term in clause 30.2 (b).
Affiliate Member means a member of the ACM who meets the requirements for admission as an
Affiliate Member as set out in clause 7.5.
Auditor means the ACM's auditor or Reviewer (as the case may be).
Board means all or some of the directors acting as the board of directors of the ACM.
Branch means any Branch of the ACM established under clause 47.
Chair means the President, as provided for in clause 21.
Chief Executive Officer means the highest ranking employed officer responsible for the day-to-
day management of the ACM, as appointed by the Directors.
Constitution means the constitution of the ACM as amended from time to time.
Corporations Act means the
Corporations Act 2001
(Cth) as modified or amended from time to
time.
Director means a person occupying the position of director of the ACM.
Existing Members means the members of the ACM as at the Adoption Date.
Full Member means a member of the ACM who meets the requirements for admission as a Full
Member as set out in clause 8.1.
Governance Policies means the policies developed and adopted by the Board for the
management of the ACM and its affairs.
Graduate means any person who has completed their studies in the six months prior to
application for membership from an approved program of study leading to initial registration as a
Midwife.
Graduate Member means a member of the ACM who meets the requirements for admission as
a Graduate Member as set out in clause 8.2.
Member means a Member of the ACM under clause Error! Reference source not found. and
includes Full Members, Graduate Members, and Affiliate Members and any subcategories.
Midwife means any person registered by an approved registering body to practise midwifery in
Australia.
Midwifery Director has the meaning given to that term in 30.2 (a).
Objects means the objects of the ACM set out in clause 4.
Office Bearer has the meaning given by clause 34.
Pre-poll is the means, as determined by the Board from time to time, by which all Members are
provided the opportunity to cast a vote prior to the relevant general meeting to which they apply.
President means the president of the ACM.
Register means the register of Members of the ACM.
Registered Entity means a body corporate registered under the ACNC Act.
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Resolution means a resolution passed by the affirmative vote of more than 50% of Members at
a meeting of Members, either in person, by Pre-poll or by proxy.
Reviewer means a reviewer under the ACNC Act.
Secretary means any person appointed by the Directors to perform any of the duties of a
secretary of the ACM.
Special Resolution means a resolution passed by the affirmative vote of more than 75% of
Members at a meeting of Members, either in person, by Pre-poll or by proxy.
Student means any person who any person who is studying towards initial registration as a
Midwife.
Student Member means a member of the ACM who meets the requirements for admission as a
Student Member as set out in clause 8.4 (e).
Tax Act means the
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
(Cth) as modified or amended from time to
time and includes any regulations made under that Act and any rulings or requirements of the
Commissioner of Taxation of the Commonwealth of Australia having application to the ACM.
West-Central Director has the meaning given to that term in clause 30.2 (a) (ii)
In this Constitution, except where the context otherwise requires, a word or expression in a
clause of this Constitution has the same meaning as in the Corporations Act. Where the word or
expression has more than one meaning in the Corporations Act and a provision of the
Corporations Act deals with the same matter as a clause of this Constitution, that word or
expression has the same meaning as in that provision.
2. Interpretation
In this Constitution, except where the context otherwise requires:
the singular includes the plural and vice versa, and a gender includes other genders;
another grammatical form of a defined word or expression has a corresponding meaning;
a reference to a clause, paragraph, schedule or annexure is to a clause or paragraph of, or
schedule or annexure to, this Constitution, and a reference to this Constitution includes any
schedule or annexure;
a reference to a document or instrument includes the document or instrument as novated,
altered, supplemented or replaced from time to time;
a reference to a statute, ordinance, code or other law includes regulations and other
instruments under it and consolidations, amendments, re-enactments or replacements of
any of them;
a reference to A$, $A, dollar or $ is to Australian currency;
the meaning of general words is not limited by specific examples introduced by including,
for example or similar expressions; and
a reference to applicable law includes the applicable law and any applicable authorisation
or licence granted thereunder.
Headings are for ease of reference only and do not affect interpretation.
3. Previous constitutions
This Constitution replaces the 31 October 2020 Constitution of the ACM.

Part II – Objects & Part III – Income and property of the ACM

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Part II Objects
4. Objects
The ACM is the peak professional organisation for Midwives in Australia, striving to assist Midwives
to reach their full potential and to promote evidence-based maternity care in the interest of
women and their families. To this end the ACM’s objects are:
promote and provide education, advice, professional recognition and support for Midwives,
and Students;
with reference to the International Confederation of Midwives’ International Definition of
the Midwife, inform and contribute to standards, structures and implementation of
midwifery research, education and practice in Australia;
facilitate broader community access to information, advice and services concerning
maternity care, particularly midwifery service and career options; and
develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with maternity care stakeholders -
including all levels of government, organisations and individuals, both nationally and
internationally - to promote the above objects.
And for the avoidance of doubt and for the purpose of section 150(1) (a) of the
Corporations Act, it is confirmed that this Constitution requires the ACM to pursue
charitable purposes only and to apply its income in promoting those purposes.
The ACM may only exercise the powers in section 124(1) of the Corporations Act to carry out the
objects in this clause and do all things incidental or convenient in relation to the exercise of power
under this clause.
Part III Income and property of the ACM
5. Income and property of the ACM
The income, profits and assets of the ACM will only be applied towards the promotion of the
Objects, and the ACM will not be carried on for the profit or gain of the Members, neither while it
is operating nor on a winding up.
No income, profits or assets (whether in money, property or other benefits) will be paid,
distributed or transferred directly or indirectly to any Member of the ACM except, subject to clause
42, for payments to a Member as genuine compensation for services provided to, or reasonable
expenses incurred on behalf of, the ACM, or such other payments, distributions or transfers as
may be permitted by applicable laws, or as payment of salaries and expenses of employees of the
ACM.
6. Receipts
If the ACM accepts a gift, contribution or donation of money or property, the ACM must give the
donor a receipt, and otherwise comply with all applicable laws in relation to any such gift,
contribution or donation, including without limitation the Applicable Not-for-Profit Laws.

Part IV – Membership

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Part IV Membership
7. Categories of Membership
The Members of ACM are persons who are admitted to membership by the Board from time in
accordance with this Constitution.
The number of Members with which the ACM proposes to be admitted to membership is
unlimited.
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The categories of membership of ACM shall be:
Full Members;
Graduate Members;
Affiliate Members; and
Any such category (or subcategory) that the Board determines from time to time.
A person admitted to the category of Full Member may be admitted within the subcategory of Life
Member.
A person admitted to the category of Affiliate Member may be admitted within one of the
following subcategories:
Retired Member;
Student Member; or
Pacific Island
Applications for membership of the ACM must specify the category of membership for which the
applicant is applying and be in a form approved by the Board in its absolute discretion, including a
form requiring an acknowledgement signed by the applicant (including by electronic signature)
that the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions of the membership type they have applied
for, including a minimum membership period of one year.
The Board may in their absolute discretion:
determine whether to accept an applicant as a Member; and
(if the application is accepted), determine the designation of an applicant’s category of
membership.
If an application to become a Member is accepted, the ACM must:
give written notice of the acceptance of the applicant; and
enter the name and details of the applicant in the Register as per clause 9 whereupon the
applicant becomes a Member of the ACM.
If an application to become a Member is rejected, the ACM must:
give written notice of the rejection to the applicant; and
provide reasons for its determination.
8. Membership Eligibility
Full membership of the ACM shall be open to any person eligible for general or non-practising
registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and confers the
following entitlements:
receipt of Full Member services;
the right to attend and vote at meetings of Members in person, by Pre-poll or by proxy; and
eligibility to be appointed as a Director.
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Affiliate membership of the ACM shall be open to any person who is registered as non-practising
with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia or otherwise not eligible for another category of
membership and confers the following entitlements:
receipt of Affiliate Member services;
the right to attend but no rights to vote at meetings of Members: and
ineligible to nominate as a Director.
There are three subcategories of Affiliate membership:
Retired membership of the ACM shall be open to any person who has previously been eligible
for general registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and is
not currently receiving any remuneration from paid employment.
Student membership of the ACM shall be open to any person who is currently enrolled in an
approved program of study by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for general
registration as a midwife.
Pacific Island membership is open to any person who is registered as a midwife in a Small
Pacific Island Country as defined by the Pacific Islands Forum who is working as a midwife,
midwifery educator or midwifery manager.
An change to membership voting entitlements or eligibility to be appointed as a Director as
provided in this Constitution will occur in accordance with the requirements of the Corporations
Act.
A Member must renew membership of the ACM annually by paying the annual membership fee,
which falls due on the anniversary of the date of becoming a Member of the ACM, or as otherwise
determined by the Board.
The Board shall determine the membership fees, the time of payment of such fees, the specific
requirements for admission to membership, and the specific services received in respect of each
membership category of the ACM, from time to time.
A right, privilege or obligation which a person has by reason of being a Member of the ACM:
is not capable of being transferred or transmitted to another person; and
terminates upon cessation of the person's membership.
9. Register of Members
The ACM shall maintain a register of all Members.
The following shall be entered in the Register in respect of each Member:
the full name of the Member;
the address or electronic mail address if any, of the Member;
the date of admission to and cessation of membership;
the category of membership; and
such other information as the ACM may require.
A Member must promptly notify the Secretary in writing of:
any change in their qualification to be a Member; and
a change in their name, address or electronic mail address.
Access to the Register of Members shall be at the discretion of the Board subject to the
Corporations Act and the
Privacy Act 1988
(Cth) and any other applicable law and only for the
purposes for which it was collected.
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10. Members' liabilities
The liability of a Member to contribute towards the payment of debts and liabilities of the ACM or
the costs, charges and expenses of the winding up of the ACM as per clause 50 is limited to
$2.00.
11. Members’ Obligations
A Member will, subject to this Constitution, remain a Member of the ACM provided they maintain
membership in accordance with this Constitution.
A Member must comply with any Code of Conduct, agreed ethical principles, policies and
procedures as determined by the Board, as if part of this Constitution.
12. Special recognition of Members
The Board shall have the option of granting special recognition upon Members or non-Members of
the ACM in accordance with ACM Governance Policies.
Any persons who on 26 July 2014 have been designated as Life Members, Fellows, Distinguished
Fellows or Honorary Fellows of the ACM, shall continue to be so designated for their lifetimes, or
until voluntarily resigned by the person, or revoked by the Board of the ACM in accordance with
ACM Governance Policies.
13. Cessation of membership
Subject to this clause 13, a person immediately ceases to be a Member of the ACM if the person:
dies;
fails to renew membership of the ACM as required by this Constitution;
resigns from membership of the ACM by giving written notice to the ACM;
commits an act resulting in the person’s deregistration as a Midwife;
is expelled from the ACM under clause 14.
The resignation of a Member is deemed to take effect 31 days from the date of receipt of the
notice of resignation, or such later date as is provided on the notice, provided membership has
been effective for a minimum of one year.
Where the minimum membership period requirement of one year has not been met, the
resignation of a member is to take effect no earlier than 365 days from the membership
subscription date and the Member will be charged the remaining amount of the membership fee
payable to the ACM for that period where applicable provided that a change of category of
membership shall for the purpose of this subclause be treated as a continuing single membership.
14. Disciplining of Members
Following a report from a complainant and where the Board is of the opinion that a Member:
has persistently refused or neglected to comply with a provision of this Constitution; or
has persistently and wilfully acted in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the ACM;
the Board may, by a simple majority resolution (Disciplinary Resolution):
expel the Member from the ACM; or
suspend the Member from such rights and privileges of membership of the ACM as the
Board may determine for a specified period subject to a further resolution being passed to
confirm the Disciplinary Resolution.
A Disciplinary Resolution of the Board under clause 14.1 is of no effect unless the Board, at a
meeting held not earlier than fourteen days and not later than twenty-eight days after service on
the Member of a notice under clause 14.3, confirms the Disciplinary Resolution in accordance with
clause 14.4.
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Where the Board passes a Disciplinary Resolution under clause 14.1, the ACM shall, as soon as
practicable, cause a notice in writing to be served on the Member:
setting out the Disciplinary Resolution of the Board and the grounds on which it is based;
stating that the Member may address the Board at a meeting to be held not earlier than
fourteen days and not later than twenty-eight days after service of the notice;
stating the date, place and time of that meeting; and
informing the Member that the Member may do either or both of the following:
attend and speak at that meeting; or
submit to the Board at or prior to the date of that meeting written representations relating
to the Disciplinary Resolution.
At a meeting of the Board mentioned in clause 14.2 the Board must:
give to the Member mentioned in clause 14.1 an opportunity to make oral representations;
give due consideration to any written representations submitted to the Board by that
Member at or prior to the meeting; and
by a simple majority resolution determine whether to confirm or to revoke the Disciplinary
Resolution of the Board made under clause 14.1
Where the Board confirms a Disciplinary Resolution under clause 14.2, the ACM must, within
seven days after that confirmation, by notice in writing inform the Member of that confirmation
and of the Member's right of appeal under clause 15
A Disciplinary Resolution confirmed by the Board under clause 14.2 does not take effect:
until the expiration of the period within which the Member is entitled to appeal against the
Disciplinary Resolution where the Member does not exercise the right of appeal within that
period; or
where within that period the Member exercises the right of appeal, unless and until the
ACM confirms the Disciplinary Resolution in accordance with clause 15.4.
15. Right of appeal of disciplined Member
A Member may appeal to the ACM in general meeting against a Disciplinary Resolution of the
Board which is confirmed under clause 14.2 within seven days after notice of the confirming
resolution is served on the Member, by lodging with the Secretary a notice to that effect.
Upon receipt of a notice under clause 15.1, the ACM must notify the Board, which shall convene a
general meeting of the ACM to be held within twenty-eight days after the date on which the ACM
received the notice or as soon as possible after that date.
At a general meeting of the ACM convened under clause 15.2:
no business other than the question of the appeal is to be transacted;
the Board and the Member are to be given the opportunity to make representations in
relation to the appeal orally or in writing, or both; and
the Members present shall vote by secret ballot on the question of whether the Disciplinary
Resolution made under clause 14.1 should be confirmed or revoked.
If the meeting passes a Special Resolution in favour of the confirmation of the Disciplinary
Resolution made under clause 14.1 that Disciplinary Resolution is confirmed and the Member shall
be expelled or suspended, as the case may be.

Part V – General meetings

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Part V General meetings
16. Annual general meetings
The ACM must, at least once in each calendar year and within the period of five months after the
expiration of each financial year of the ACM, convene an annual general meeting of its Members
at such time and place (including the use of real-time communication technology) as may be
determined by the Board.
The Chair of an annual general meeting must allow a reasonable opportunity for the Members as
a whole at the meeting to ask questions about and make comments on the management of the
ACM.
17. General meetings
The Board may, whenever it thinks fit, convene a general meeting of the ACM. If there are not
sufficient Directors appointed to form a quorum of the Board, any one Director may, subject to
clause Error! Reference source not found., convene a general meeting.
If the Board fails to convene a general meeting in accordance with the requirements of the
Corporations Act, Members may call and arrange to hold a general meeting in accordance with
that Act.
A general meeting convened by Members is to be convened in the same manner in so far as
practicable as the annual general meetings are convened by the Board and any Member who
thereby incurs expense is entitled to be reimbursed by the ACM for any reasonable expense so
incurred.
18. Amending the Constitution
Subject to clause 18.2, Members may amend the Constitution by passing a Special Resolution.
The Members must not pass a Special Resolution that amends this Constitution if passing such a
resolution causes the ACM to no longer be a charity.
19. Notice
Notice of a general meeting and the annual general meeting must be given to:
each Member;
the Auditor; and
each Director.
Subject to the Corporations Act allowing meetings of Members to be held with shorter notice, at
least twenty-one days’ notice of an annual general meeting or general meeting shall be given to
those entitled to receive notices of meetings.
Every notice of meeting of Members:
must set out the place, day and time of meeting and if the meeting is to be held in two or
more places, the real-time communication technology that will be used to facilitate this;
must state the general nature of the business to be transacted at the meeting;
where the Board has determined that voting on a particular matter may be cast by Pre-poll,
the relevant notice of meeting must contain instructions and voting materials, and must
specify electronic address for the purposes of a Pre-poll vote; and
if a Special Resolution is to be proposed at the meeting, must specify an intention to
propose the Special Resolution and state the full text of the Special Resolution.
A Member desiring to bring any business before a meeting of Members may do so in accordance
with the provisions of the Corporations Act.
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20. Quorum
No item of business is to be transacted at a meeting of Members unless a quorum of Members
entitled to vote under this Constitution is present at the commencement of the meeting and
continues to be present during the time the meeting is considering that item.
The quorum for consideration of the business of a meeting of Members is the presence in person,
whether physical or through real-time communication technology (if any) nominated by the Board
in the notice of the particular meeting, of thirty financial Members entitled to vote.
If within half an hour after the appointed time for the commencement of a meeting of Members a
quorum is not present, the meeting:
if convened upon the requisition of the Members is automatically dissolved; or
in any other case stands adjourned to such day, and at such time and place, as the Board
determines or, if no such determination is made by the Board, the same day in the
following week at the same time and (unless another place is specified at the time of the
adjournment by the Chair at the meeting or communicated by written notice to Members
given before the day to which the meeting is adjourned) at the same place.
21. Chair
The President shall Chair each meeting of Members of the ACM.
If the President is absent from the meeting of Members, the Directors present are to elect one of
the Directors present to Chair the meeting.
22. Adjournment
The Chair at a meeting of Members at which a quorum is present may, with the consent of the
majority of Members present at the meeting, adjourn the meeting from time to time and place to
place, but no business is to be transacted at an adjourned meeting other than the business left
unfinished at the meeting at which the adjournment took place.
Where a general meeting is adjourned for fourteen days or more, the ACM must give written or
oral notice of the adjourned meeting to each Member of the ACM stating the place, date and time
of the meeting and the nature of the business to be transacted at the meeting.
Except as provided in clauses 22.1 and 22.2, notice of an adjournment of a general meeting or of
the business to be transacted at an adjourned meeting is not required to be given.
23. Business of a General Meeting
No business may be transacted at a general meeting unless the general nature of the business is
stated in the notice convening the meeting.
No person may move any amendment to a resolution proposed at a general meeting the terms of
which are set out in the notice convening the meeting, or to a document which relates to such a
resolution (and a copy of which has been sent to Members or made available for them to inspect
or obtain), without the approval of the Chair of the meeting (in their discretion).
24. Conduct of a General Meeting
Subject to applicable laws and this Constitution, the general conduct of each general meeting of
the ACM and the procedures to be adopted at the meeting will be determined by the Chair of the
meeting.
If there is a dispute at a general meeting about a question of procedures, the Chair of the
meeting may determine the questions.
25. Decisions on questions
A resolution to be put to the vote at a meeting of Members of the ACM may be determined by
Pre-poll, on a show of hands or by a poll.
On a show of hands:
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a declaration by the Chair that a resolution has been carried or carried unanimously or
carried by a particular majority or lost; and
an entry to that effect in the minutes of the meeting, is evidence of the fact without proof
of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour of or against the resolution.
At a meeting of Members, a poll may be demanded by the Chair or by not less than three
Members present in person at the meeting.
Where a poll is demanded at a general meeting:
the poll must be taken in such manner and at such time before the close of the meeting as
the Chair directs;
the results of the poll shall be deemed to be the resolution of the meeting on that matter;
and
independent scrutineers shall count votes at either open or secret ballot.
26. Voting
Members are entitled to vote at a general meeting of the ACM, subject to the voting rights
attaching to the category of membership to which they belong, as per clause 8.
A Member is not entitled to vote at any general meeting of the ACM unless all money due and
payable by the Member to the ACM has been paid, in accordance with clause 8.
Subject to this Constitution, on a Pre-poll, poll or show of hands, a Member has one vote.
All votes must be given personally, by Pre-poll or by proxy.
In the case of an equality of votes on a question at a general meeting, the Chair is entitled to
exercise a second or casting vote in addition to the Chair’s vote as a Member.
27. Votes by Pre-poll
A voting Member has a right to vote by Pre-poll prior to the relevant general meeting. Every
member who is entitled to vote at that general meeting is entitled to cast a vote by Pre-poll.
The Pre-poll must be in the form determined by the Board for the relevant meeting of Members,
or as similar to it as the circumstances permit.
The Pre-poll is operative only for a single meeting of Members (and any adjournment or
postponement of that meeting) and must specify the proposed date of that meeting.
A Pre-poll must be executed in the case of a Member by the:
Member; or
a proxy of the Member.
To be valid, the Pre-poll must be received by the Returning Officer at least seven days before the
time for holding the relevant general meeting or adjourned general meeting of the ACM.
The ACM is deemed to receive the Pre-poll and any proxy or other authority under which it was
executed when they are received by the Returning Officer by a means specified for that purpose
in the notice of meeting.
A vote cast by Pre-poll will be valid even if, before the vote was cast the Member:
died;
became mentally incapacitated; or
wishes to change his or her mind,
unless written notification of the relevant event is received by the Returning Officer at least
48 hours before the meeting, adjourned meeting or the taking of the poll in respect of
which the Pre-poll was to have been cast.
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28. Proxies
Appointment of proxy
A Member who is entitled to attend and vote at a general meeting of ACM may appoint a
person as a proxy to attend, speak and vote for that Member.
The proxy must be a Full or Graduate Member of ACM under clause 7.3.
An appointment of a proxy under clause 28.1 (a):
Must be in a form approved by the Board;
May be a standing appointment; and
Must be received by ACM at least 24 hours before the general meeting or, as the case
may be, the resumption of an adjourned general meeting.
A proxy has the same rights as the Member to speak and vote at the general meeting and
to demand, or join in demanding, a poll.
Proxy instruments
An appointment of a proxy must be in writing and be signed by the Member appointing the
proxy and state:
The Member’s name and address
The proxy’s name or the name of the office held by the proxy; and
The general meeting at which the proxy may be used, or if the appointment is a standing
one, a clear statement to that effect.
An instrument appointing a proxy may direct the way in which a proxy is to vote on a
particular resolution. If an instrument contains a direction, the proxy must vote as directed in
the instrument, and is not entitled to vote on the proposed resolution except as directed in
the instrument. If the instrument does not contain a direction, the proxy is entitled to vote
on the proposed resolution as the proxy considers appropriate.
If a proxy is appointed to vote on a particular resolution by more than one Member, that
proxy:
May vote on a show of hands in the same way if each instrument appointing the proxy directs
the proxy to vote in the same way or does not direct the proxy how to vote;
May not vote on a show of hands unless each instrument appointing the proxy and directing
the proxy to vote in a particular way directs the proxy to vote in the same way.
The appointment of a proxy may be revoked by the Member who appointed the proxy by
notice to the ACM from the Member, stating that the appointment of a proxy is revoked or by
appointing a new proxy.
A vote cast by a proxy will be valid unless before the start of a general meeting (or in the
case of an adjourned or postponed general meeting, not less than 24 hours before the
resumption of the adjourned or postponed general meeting) at which a proxy votes:
The Member who appointed the proxy ceases to be a Member with voting rights; or
ACM receives notice of:
The revocation of the instrument appointing the proxy; or
The appointment of a new proxy
ACM is not responsible for ensuring that the directions provided in the instrument appointing
the proxy or the way in which a proxy is to vote on a particular resolution are complied with,
and accordingly is not liable if those directions are not complied with.

Part VI – The Board & Part VII – Payments to Directors and Directors’ interests

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Part VI The Board
29. Powers of the Board
The Board, subject to the applicable laws, any regulations, this Constitution, any Resolution
passed by the ACM in general meeting, and the Objects:
controls and manages the affairs of the ACM;
may exercise all such functions as may be exercised by the ACM other than those functions
that are required by this Constitution to be exercised by the ACM in general meeting;
has power to perform all such acts and do all such things as appear to the Board to be
necessary or desirable for the proper management of the affairs of the ACM;
has the authority to make, repeal or alter from time to time Governance Policies as to the
management of the ACM and its affairs; and
has the responsibility to practice within good governance and therefore remain accountable
to the membership.
Without limiting the generality of clause 29.1, the Directors may exercise all the powers of the
ACM to:
borrow money;
charge any property or business of the ACM;
issue debentures or give any other security for a debt, liability or obligation of the ACM or
of any other person; and
guarantee or to become liable for the payment of money or the performance of any
obligation by or of any other person.
The powers of the Directors are subject to the Corporations Act, this Constitution and to any
regulations or by-laws (not being inconsistent with this Constitution) from time to time made by
the ACM in general meeting. No regulation or by-law made by the ACM in general meeting will
invalidate any prior act of the Directors which would have been valid if that regulation or by-law
had not been made and the Directors shall always be able to act and make determinations in
order to comply with their duties as Directors.
The Directors must comply with the duties described in governance standard 5 of the regulations
made under the ACNC Act.
30. Board composition
The Board will always seek to attract Directors with the requisite skills and capabilities to achieve
the best decision-making on behalf of the ACM. Until the ACM in a general meeting shall
otherwise determine, the Board shall consist of not less than three persons or more than seven
persons.
Of the seven persons on the Board:
five persons will be Midwives all of whom must be full financial Members of the ACM elected
by the Members:
one of whom shall be a popularly-elected President; and
one of whom shall be a popularly-elected as a Director residing in either of the
Northern Territory, South Australia or Western Australia and in order to continue to
hold office as such a Director he or she must remain resident at all times in either
the Northern Territory, South Australia or Western Australia (West-Central
Director); and
three of whom shall be popularly-elected Directors (each a Midwifery Director);
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the other two persons need not be Members and will be appointed by the Board having
been selected on merit according to the specific skill requirements and process specified by
the Board from time to time (each an Appointed Director).
Each Midwifery Director is elected at a meeting of Members in accordance with policies
determined by the Board from time to time.
31. Term
All Directors, with the exception of Directors elected/appointed following a casual vacancy under
clauses 33.4 or 33.5, shall hold office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for re-election
(or reappointment in the case of Appointed Directors) to the Board for a second term of three
years.
A Director, with the exception of Directors elected/appointed following a casual vacancy under
clause 30.2, who has held office for two consecutive terms is not eligible to be a Director for a
period of one year after those six years' service.
The terms of members of the Board shall be staggered so that no more than three Directors will
retire in each year.
In order to comply with clause 31.3, on occasion the Board may by resolution extend the term of
office of an existing Midwifery Director or Appointed Director for an extra year such that the total
term is four years instead of three years.
32. Nomination and appointment of Directors
Nominations for the positions of a Director subject to clause 30 must be called by the Board at
least 60 days prior to each annual general meeting of the ACM.
The Board shall determine the last day for lodgement of notices of candidature.
In calling for nominations the Board will prepare and circulate a document outlining specific skill
requirements for positions.
Nominations for the position of Director will be in a form determined by the Board from time to
time.
If only one nomination that accords with requirements of the Board is received for each vacancy,
that nomination will be appointed unopposed.
When the number of nominees is greater than the number of vacancies an election shall be held
for the appointment of candidates of a meeting of Members.
Notice of elections and details of nominees for the positions who meet Board requirements and
for which Members will vote must be provided to all Members eligible to vote at least twenty-one
days prior to a meeting of Members at which the election is to take place.
Notification of all appointments without election must be provided to Members at the relevant
annual general meeting.
33. Vacation of office
The office of a Director immediately becomes vacant if the Director:
become ineligible to be a Director of the ACM under the ACNC Act while the ACM is a
Registered Entity;
ceases to be a Director by operation of the Corporations Act;
dies;
is a Midwifery Director and ceases to be a Member of the ACM in accordance with clause
13;
resigns by notice in writing to the ACM;
is removed by a Resolution of the ACM; or
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in the case of the West-Central Director, no longer resides in the Northern Territory, South
Australia or Western Australia.
At least two months’ notice must be given to the ACM of the intention to move a Resolution to
remove a Director at a general meeting.
If notice of intention to move a Resolution to remove a Director at a general meeting is received
by the ACM, the Director must be given a copy of the notice as soon as practicable.
In the event of a vacancy in the position of President, the Vice-President will assume this position
until the end of the existing term of the President.
In the event of any other vacancy, the Board may appoint a replacement to fill the role until the
next annual general meeting, at which time a new Director will be elected and appointed until the
end of the term of the original vacancy.
If reasonable attempts are made and no suitable candidate is found, then the nomination and
election process is to be repeated at the next annual general meeting for the remainder of the
term.
34. Office Bearers
The office bearers of the ACM are:
the President, who must be a full financial Member of the ACM; and
the Vice-President, who must be a full financial Member of the ACM.
.The President shall be nominated and elected according to the proceedings outlined for the
appointment of Directors in clause 32.
The Vice President shall be appointed in accordance with policies determined by the Board from
time to time
The President, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer will comprise the Executive Committee.
If a vacancy arises throughout the financial year, the Board may appoint a replacement in
accordance with clause 32.
The duties of Office Bearers of the ACM are to be determined by simple majority resolution of the
Board and recorded in the Governance Policies.
35. Board meetings and quorum
The Board is to meet in person or through real-time communication technology at least four times
in each calendar year at such place and time as the Board determines.
A Director may at any time call a Board meeting.
The person calling a Board meeting must ensure that notice of the Board meeting is given
verbally, in writing or by electronic means to each Director at least three days before the meeting
or at another time determined by Board resolution.
Notice of a meeting given under clause 35.3 must specify the general nature of the business to be
transacted and no business other than that business is to be transacted, except business which
the majority of the Directors present at the meeting agree to treat as business which should be
discussed.
A quorum for the transaction of the business of a meeting of the Board is 50% of Directors plus
one (rounded up), providing at least three of the Directors are Midwifery Directors.
No business is to be transacted by the Board unless a quorum is present and if within 30 minutes
after the time appointed for the meeting a quorum is not present the meeting stands adjourned
to the same day in the following week at the same time and place unless otherwise specified at
the time of the adjournment.
If at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within 30 minutes after the time appointed
for the meeting, the meeting is dissolved.
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The President of the ACM is the chair at each meeting of the Board. If the President is not present
at any meeting of the Board within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for holding such
meeting, the Directors present may choose a Director present who is a Midwife as a chairperson.
All the provisions of this Constitution relating to the Board, or other ACM Committee meetings,
apply to a meeting held using real-time communication technology.
36. Decisions and questions
The Board, or any committee appointed by the Board, will strive to achieve decision making by
consensus. Whenever this is not possible a simple majority vote will decide. In the event of a tied
vote the President is entitled to exercise a second or casting vote.
Subject to clause Error! Reference source not found. the Board may act notwithstanding any
vacancy on the Board.
As required by the Corporations Act, a Director must give the Directors notice of any material
personal interest in a matter that relates to the affairs of the ACM, subject to clauses 44 and 45.
37. Written resolutions
The Board may pass a resolution without a Board meeting being held if:
All the Directors entitled to vote on the resolution are sent a document containing the
resolution; and
The resolution is approved by a majority of the Directors entitled to vote on the resolution.
For this purpose, a resolution is approved by a Director if:
The document containing the terms of the resolution has been signed by the Director either
physically or by affixing a signature by electronic means, and the document has been given to
the ACM; or
Where the Board has resolved to accept a procedure for Directors to indicate their approval
for a resolution by electronic means, the Director has indicated the Director’s approval in
accordance with that procedure.
38. Delegation
The Directors may delegate any of their powers, other than those which by law must be dealt
with by the Directors as a board, to:
a committee of Directors (which comprise at least one Director and which may include
persons other than Directors);
a Director;
an employee of the ACM; or
any other person or group of persons.
A committee or person to which any powers have been delegated must exercise its powers in
accordance with any directions of the Directors and a power exercised in that way is taken to
have been exercised by the Directors.
A committee or person to which any powers have been delegated may be authorised to sub-
delegate all or any of the powers for the time being vested in it.
The Directors may at any time revoke any delegation of power.
If the number of Directors is not sufficient to constitute a quorum at a Board meeting, the
Directors may act only to call a general meeting for the purpose of appointing one or more
Directors.
39. Validity of acts of Directors
If it is discovered that:
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there was a defect in the election/appointment of a person as a Director or member of a
Directors' committee; or
a person elected/appointed to one of those positions was disqualified,
all acts of the Directors or the Directors' committee before the discovery was made are as
valid as if the person had been duly elected/appointed and was not disqualified.
40. Minutes and registers
The Directors must cause minutes to be made of:
the names of the Directors present at all general meetings, Board meetings and meetings
of Directors' committees;
all proceedings and resolutions of general meetings, Board meetings and meetings of
Directors' committees;
all resolutions passed by Members without a meeting;
all resolutions passed by Directors without a meeting;
all appointments of officers;
all orders made by the Directors and Directors' committees; and
all disclosures of interests.
Minutes must be signed (physically or electronically) by the chairperson of the meeting or by the
chairperson of the next meeting of the relevant body, subject to endorsement by the Directors,
and if so signed will as between the Directors be conclusive evidence of the matters stated in such
minutes.
The ACM must keep all registers required by this Constitution and the Corporations Act.
41. Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer shall be appointed by the Board for such term and on such conditions
as it thinks fit.
The Chief Executive Officer must not be a Director of the ACM.
The Board may at any time:
define, limit and restrict that person’s powers;
fix that person’s duties; and
subject to the provisions of any contract between that person and the ACM, vary any of the
powers so conferred and remove that person from that office and appoint another.
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42. Payments to Directors
No payment will be made to any Director of the ACM other than payment:
which is in reimbursement of out of pocket expenses reasonably and properly incurred by
the Director in the performance of any duty as Director of the ACM where the amount
payable does not exceed an amount previously approved by the Directors;
for any service rendered to the ACM by the Director in a professional or technical capacity,
other than in the capacity as Director, where the provision of the service, and the amount
payable, has the prior approval of the Directors and is not more than an amount which
commercially would be reasonable payment for the service; and
relating to an indemnity in favour of the Director and permitted by section 199A of the
Corporations Act or a contract of insurance permitted by section 199B of the Corporations
Act.
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Notwithstanding anything else in this Constitution, a payment of any kind which permitted to be
paid to a Director by this Constitution can be made by the ACM to a Director only if that payment
is approved by the Board.
43. Directors' interests
As required by the Corporations Act, a Director must give the Directors notice of any
material personal interest in a matter that relates to the affairs of the ACM.
Subject to this Constitution a Director or a body or entity in which a Director has a direct
or indirect interest may:
enter into any agreement or arrangement with the ACM;
hold any office or place of profit other than as auditor of the ACM; and
act in a professional capacity other than as auditor of the ACM,
and the Director or the body or entity can receive and keep beneficially any remuneration, profits
or benefits under any agreement or arrangement with the ACM or from holding an office or place
of profit in or acting in a professional capacity with the ACM.
The fact that a Director holds office as a Director, and has fiduciary obligations arising out of that
office:
will not void or render voidable a contract made by a Director with the ACM;
will not void or render voidable a contract or arrangement entered into by or on behalf of
the ACM and in which the Director may have any interest; and
will not require the Director to account to the ACM for any profit realised by or under any
contract or arrangement entered into by or on behalf of the ACM and in which the Director
may have any interest.
A Director may be or become a director or other officer of, or otherwise be interested in:
any related body corporate of the ACM; or
any other body corporate promoted by the ACM or in which the ACM may be interested as
a vendor, shareholder or otherwise,
and is not accountable to the ACM for any remuneration or other benefits received by the Director
as a director or officer of, or from having an interest in, that body corporate.
A Director who has a material personal interest in a matter that is being considered at a Board
meeting must not:
be present while the matter is being considered at the meeting; or
vote on the matter,
unless permitted to do so by the Corporations Act, in which case the Director may:
be counted in determining whether or not a quorum is present at any meeting of Directors
considering that contract or arrangement or a proposed contract or arrangement;
sign or countersign any document relating to that contract or arrangement or a proposed
contract or arrangement; and
vote in respect of, or in respect of any matter arising out of, the contract or arrangement or
proposed contract or arrangement.
44. Conflicts of interest
In addition to clause 45, the Directors shall, to the extent required by any applicable law, establish
a mechanism for dealing with any conflicts of interest that may occur involving a Director, officer

Part VIII –Branches & Part IX – Miscellaneous

Part VIII Branches
45. Branch Chairs Committee
The Branch Chairs Committee will be a standing committee of the Board consisting of the Branch
Chair of each state and territory and will:
provide advice and support to the Board in accordance with its terms of reference; and
promote service provision at the state and territory level.
provide a conduit between sub-branches of their state and territory and the Board
The Board will appoint a chairperson of the Branch Chairs Committee who will be a current
Midwifery Director.
The responsibilities of the Branch Chairs Committee will be defined in their terms of reference and
be delegated and managed in accordance with policies determined by the Board from time to
time.
46. Branches
The Board may establish Branches of the ACM in a state or territory consisting of Midwives in that
state or territory that it deems necessary to enable and facilitate the provision of services to